It has been over 15 years since the launch of Nokia’s iconic “candy bar” 3310. This was before Apple’s first iPhone took the world by storm, wiping out virtually all that was grand and idealistic about the simplicity that was the 3310. Fast forward to the present, and Nokia has seen quite a few changes in management, ownership and shoddy in-house smartphones. But, through thick and thin, the 3310 is still here—and probably still alive.
The 3310 was perhaps one of the most durable (consumer-grade) handsets in recent memory. You could drop it a few times, chuck it while you’re angry, let your dog take a whiz on it, and it’ll probably still work. So why not bring back a well consolidated piece of tele-equipment that could do 75-99% of the things that smartphones (today) are usually used for.
According to a report from VentureBeat, Nokia and HMD Global thinking about rebooting the 3310. When will this happen? Who knows… But we’ll play along, because this bit of juicy gossip is just too good to pass up.
In a mobile-first world, dominated by smartphones and tablets, it is increasingly becoming hard to zone out the clutter and gunk that we call apps. Many of us download an app, test it, and just leave it to wither away in the memory bank or delete it.
Nokia’s iconic, yet featuristic (yea, ‘feature-istic’) 3310 would be a welcoming sight to some—especially those that are overwhelmed by everything that a smartphone has to offer. No words yet on when, but even if it doesn’t get an official reboot we’re sure these gems are probably available at a local thrift store or flea market.